Jai Opetaia has vacated his IBF cruiserweight title after an agreement couldn’t be reached to allow him an exemption to make a voluntary defence.
The Australian is scheduled to take on Ellis Zorro this coming weekend in Saudi Arabia. The bill also has some of the best names in the sport, like Dmitry Bivol, Anthony Joshua, and Deontay Wilder.
Negotiations had been held between Opetaia and his management and the IBF to enable him to mount a voluntary defence against Zorro, given that Mairis Briedis, his required opponent, was unable to participate on the scheduled date.
Opetaia vs. Zorro: Date, Time, How To Watch
Date: Saturday, December 23
Start Time: The event is scheduled to commence at 4 p.m. UK / 11 a.m. ET.
Jai Opetaia vs Ellis Zorro fight are planned for approximately 6:15 p.m. UK / 1:15 p.m. ET
The event is set to begin at 4 p.m. UK / 11 a.m. ET with the ringwalks scheduled for 6:15 p.m. UK / 1:15 p.m. ET. These timings could change due to the length of the undercard fights.
Jai Opetaia’s next fight
On December 23, the Australian crusierweight Jai Opetaia is scheduled to compete on the “Day of Reckoning” card in Saudi Arabia. Ellis Zorro of Britain will be his opponent however the IBF world cruiserweight title will not be at stake.
This is due to the fact that after Opetaia declared his intention to challenge Zorro rather than the required opponent Mairis Briedis the regulatory board made him relinquish the title, which he won when defeating Briedis last July.
The IBF issued a recent order, which denied Opetaia’s request to move forward with the planned fight against Zorro.
Opetaia vs Zorro fight Preview
Jai Opetaia (23-0, 18 KOs) is reportedly seeking a cool $US450,000 for his involvement in this highly anticipated Middle Eastern DAZN PPV card on December 23, where he is scheduled to face England’s Ellis Zorro (17-0, 7 KOs). This information has been revealed by Ben Damon and Code Sports.
Opetaia’s next bout, according to the IBF, must be a mandatory championship defence against Briedis. They already granted him permission to face Jordan Thompson in October, and they don’t want to break the rules once more—especially for a guy without a global rating like Zorro.
Opetaia, 28, is regarded as one of Australia’s best boxers and is on par with fighters like Jason Moloney, Sam Goodman, and Tim Tszyu. According to his manager, Mick Francis, Briedis is actually cool with Opetaia taking on Zorro first, but the IBF is set on their next matchup.
Can I watch Opetaia vs Zorro on DAZN?
The card will stream live on DAZN Live boxing tonight in over 200 countries across the globe.
However if you are in Argentina, Chile and Colombia you must download the DAZN app from the Apple App Store or Android Google Play store and then sign up from there, rather than via web browser.
Where is Opetaia vs. Zorro?
The fight will take place at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Jai Opetaia record and bio
Date of birth: June 30, 1995
Height: 6′ 2″
Total fights: 23
Record: 23-0 (18 KOs)
Ellis Zorro record and bio
Date of birth: October 5, 1992
Total fights: 17
Record: 17-0 (7 KOs)
Opetaia vs Zorro fight card
Anthony Joshua vs Otto Wallin; Heavyweight
Deontay Wilder vs Joseph Parker; Heavyweight
Daniel Dubois vs Jarrell Miller; Heavyweight
Dmitry Bivol vs Lyndon Arthur; For Bivol’s WBA light heavyweight title
Arslanbek Makhmudov vs Agit Kabayel; Heavyweight
Jai Opetaia vs Ellis Zorro; Cruiserweight
Filip Hrgovic vs Mark De Mori; Heavyweight
Frank Sanchez vs Junior Fa; Heavyweight